29 February 2020

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes says Sam Kerr is six months away from playing at her best

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes says striker Sam Kerr is six months away from performing at her best.

Kerr is the all-time leading goal scorer in both the Australian W-League and the US National Women's Soccer League. She has scored one goal for The Blues since her first match on January 5.

Hayes was speaking at a press conference before the Continental League Cup final against Arsenal this evening.

She said: "I think six months, if I’m honest. I think it's an adjustment – you’ve got to realise she had no pre-season. Coming in and, boom, playing in a game six days later with not much behind her belt. Got the flu, had a little bit of a quad injury, then goes away, comes back.

"This is the first week we’ve had her train with the team, so I think it’s going to take time. She goes away again on international duty, so I think it’ll take the remainder of the season, if I’m honest.

"She got the flu as soon as she got here and put it this way, I don’t know how she got out of bed to play Arsenal. But she did, so that’s a credit to her, but I think Sam Kerr is at about 60 per cent."

Chelsea v Arsenal kicks off this evening at 5.30pm.

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